by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Gaben mir Rat und gute Lehren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Gaben mir Rat und gute Lehren,
Überschütteten mich mit Ehren,
Sagten, daß ich nur warten sollt,
Haben mich protegieren gewollt.
 
Aber bei all ihrem Protegieren,
Hätte ich können vor Hunger krepieren,
Wär nicht gekommen ein braver Mann,
Wacker nahm er sich meiner an.
 
Braver Mann! Er schafft mir zu essen!
Will es ihm nie und nimmer vergessen!
Schade, daß ich ihn nicht küssen kann!
Denn ich bin selbst dieser brave Mann. 

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They gave me advice, they couseled sense
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They gave me advice, they couseled sense,
They overpowered with complaints.
Patience! They said, and in my need
They'd prove themselves my friends indeed.

Despite their promise to help and protect,
I surely had perished of sheer neglect,
Had there not come a worthy man,
Who bravely to help me now began.

O, the worthy man! he gave me to eat;
Such kindness as his I shall never forget.
I long to embrace him, but never can,
For I am myself this excellent man.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
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Word count: 84